Spring Cabbage Feature
Now is the perfect time for sowing spring cabbages. That may sound confusing for a summer sowing suggestion but you are investing in a crop to harvest in the spring when fresh greens can be in short supply – but not if you chose to grow spring cabbages! They are easy, suffer from few pests and don't need any special treatment. If you want tasty spring greens when other vegetables are still developing then simply sow spring cabbage seed closer together! And we have a special offer this month to buy four spring cabbages, April, Pixie, Wheelers Imperial and Wintergreen for just £1.50
Cabbages prefer to be started in modules, a seed tray or a seed bed, sow the seeds just over a centimetre deep (½in). Transplanting helps them to develop a stronger root system and they are ready for this when they have 4 or leaves, try to transplant in the evening and do keep an eye on the watering as it all happening at what should be the driest time of the year. All cabbages like to be planted firmly and, as with other crops, they like to kept as weed free as possible. We are very keen on wielding a hoe – it gives a great deal of satisfaction to see weeds chopped down and time to admire the crops busy growing
Versatility is what spring cabbages are all about: before the cabbage forms a heart you can harvest as spring greens or leave alone for a little longer for hearted cabbages, after this, if you leave the stalk in the ground, a second flush of spring green growth will give you another harvest. If you are impatient popping cloches over the top will give you an even earlier crop.